There was a foodie festival in Norfolk this weekend! When Rich suggested we go take a look, I couldn't possibly say no. Guided by my belly and the promise of some amazing food, we set off early morning on a road trip to the beautiful north Norfolk coast. Holkham to be exact, which just so happen to be located near one of my favourite beaches on the coast but I'll tell you more on that later ;-)
The festival was taking place in the courtyard of Holkham Hall, an incredible 18th-century country house. It looks pretty grand, doesn't it? Did you know it's a lived in, family home? I know, lucky buggers.
The festival was essentially a gathering of some of Norfolk's finest food and drink producers. We munched our way around, sampling local delicacies and picking up some goodies for an improvised picnic by the lake.
If you find yourself doing a tour of the colleges in Cambridge and fancying a quick bite to eat for lunch, then this is where you need to go: Aromi. They’re an independent café that prepare and cook authentic Sicilian food. They also do ice cream (bonus)!
The cafe is tucked away on Bene’t Street, just next to the busy King’s Parade in front of King’s College. The cafe was very busy so we went to their gelateria, which is just around the corner on Peas Hill. They also had lots of yummy pastries, focaccias and pizzas there so we didn’t feel like we were missing out too much. We got seats straight away, which from I've read does not happen very often when you go to the cafe on Bene't Street. It was a lovely day and they had opened the windows at the front so we got to seat at the counter, soaking up the sunshine, watching the world go by and savouring our lunch. I love seating at a counter, as you can probably gather from the grin on my face. Or maybe that was because of the food. I had the most amazing focaccia bread with prosciutto and Rich had a spinach, mozzarella and tomato goodness wrapped in pastry. We left coffee in hand, happy and well-fed, ready to resume our visit of the beautiful colleges.
If you fancy popping by for lunch, you'll find them at: 1 Bene't Street, Cambridge CB2 3QN or 3 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP if like us you go to the gelateria. Aromi.co.uk
Have you ever been to a place that is so quaint and full of history that it feels like you’ve stepped into another world? I have! I’ve been to Cambridge. I’ve been there several times actually and it gets me every time. All these soaring gothic buildings, picturesque little cobblestone streets and passageways, leafy parks and meadows perfect for picnics and watching the days go by, all these lovely bicycles with osier baskets at the front, perfectly manicured college lawns (which you’re not allowed to walk on by the way), the steady flow of wooden punts meandering down the River Cam. And the Backs. Oh can we talk about the Backs? They’re the riverside back gardens of the colleges. I could see myself walking past everyday for the many years to come. In fact, I would move to Cambridge tomorrow if you were to find me a cute little townhouse there (one with a shiny black door). May I have a bicycle too?
If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, then you’re probably aware that Rich and I will be going to Mallorca for a week at the end of September. Seriously, this trip cannot come soon enough! The weather has been dreadful lately over here (I’m wearing a scarf. yes, seriously. A scarf in August) so I’m in deep need of warmth and sunshine. But for now, I’m hungry and it’s Apero Friday time.
This week I’ve decided to share my excitement for my upcoming beach holiday by putting a spanish spin on my french aperos and feature some really easy and tasty tapas recipes.
- Tortilla (bought from Marks & Spenders. Sorry, I cheated!)
- Marinated olives (M&S as well)
- Rioja wine.
I would definitely recommend the garlic buttered prawns; I used my own garlic butter that I had prepared for another recipe a couple of months ago. I was also a big fan of the chorizo dish. I don’t know if the quality of the wine has any influence on this but I chose a £10 bottle of Rioja and I trust it did the job really well. Also, to accompany your spanish feast, I suggest you go for a nice glass of Rioja, some sangria or a cold San Miguel beer.
By the way, I’m currently looking for bloggers who would like to share their favourite apero recipes on WW. So wherever you are from in the world, if you’ve got some nice recipes that you think the apero lovers on my blog will like, please do get in touch!
I'm back with another outfit post! I wanted to wear something very classic but kind of cute at the same time. I'm going to make quite a statement here but I fancied something Alexa Chung would wear. I'm pretty sure she'd rock that look, right?
In my opinion, every girl needs a gingham shirt - whether she steals it from her boyfriend's wardrobe (which is what I've done) or whether she buys one of her own. They're versatile because you can wear them at work with a pair of smart trousers or off duty with shorts or skinny jeans. My recommendation is to always pair them with a solid colour to avoid the outfit looking too busy. Add a cool pair of shades and a clutch and you're ready to hit the town!